Coasters as notes

Silicone Coaster Notz protect furniture surfaces and are beautiful in the bargain. From Modern Twist, they come in a variety of patterns. We especially like the frosted Birds 'N Trees design. Style them as personalized placecards or jot down wine notes using a ballpoint pen, then simply wipe clean.

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Coaster Notz, 4-inch squares, set of 4, $21. At Foster's Homeware, 399 Market St., 800-734-8511.

- Marilynn Marter

Food trivia your game?

Foodies will enjoy testing their knowledge of the people, places, culture and history of food with this fun trivia game.

Try this quick quiz:

1.

What queen comes from Joliet, Ill.?

2.

What pasta pillow was popular by 1284 in Rome?

3.

What state leads in Spam consumption?

4.

Who is the owner of Chez Panisse?

Foodie Fight: A Triva Game for Serious Food Lovers, $18.95, at bookstores and amazon.com.

- M.M.

Answers:

(1) Dairy Queen; (2) Ravioli; (3) Hawaii; (4) Alice Waters.

Super mitt

Time to upgrade your pot holders before the holiday baking and cooking. These oven mitts are made of a patented material that is heat resistant (to 500 degrees), waterproof and won't stain. Plus, the nonskid texture makes for a better grip.

Kitchen Grips oven mitt, $16.50 at Foster's Homeware, 399 Market St., 800-734-8511

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- Maureen Fitzgerald